Sun | Mar 24, 2019

JCF warns public against posting misleading information on social media

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 3:42 PM
Contributed photo

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is renewing its appeal for persons to use social media responsibly and in keeping with the provisions of the law.

In a statement today, the JCF said the police have been increasingly receiving complaints from members of the public that their images, along with incorrect information, are being circulated on social media networks.

It says one recent case featured an image of a member of the JCF who was wrongfully labelled as a criminal suspect.

"Such images are extremely distressing for law abiding persons and causes severe discomfort for their families as well. In some instances, the images can also undermine and compromise ongoing criminal investigations.

"The public is being reminded that the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech is limited by the provisions of legislation such as the Cybercrime Act and the Defamation Act".

Persons who knowingly and/or maliciously circulate photos of persons may be arrested and charged or may face civil lawsuits for defamation of character, the JCF said.

"The Jamaica Constabulary Force welcomes the public to share information that they deem useful to investigations or which highlights suspicious persons or activities with the police. However, this information should be shared directly through established channels such as Crime Stop or with the JCF social media pages."

We want to hear from you! Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169, email us at editors@gleanerjm.com or onlinefeedback@gleanerjm.com.